Saving paper and toner
Enhance the eco-footprint
When going about our daily business, we hardly take the time to work out ways in which we could reduce paper consumption. At ebm-papst India, S.V.Rathnaji explains how his subsidiary plans to do just that: “First of all, we looked at the impact of high paper consumption on the environment. The figures we found were interesting and impressive:
- Waste paper has a 40% share in all the waste ending in waste dumps
- Each recycled ton of paper means 17 trees do not have to be cut
- Producing recycled paper consumes 64% less energy than producing paper made from the cellulose of fresh wood fibres
- 80% of the paper printed on in offices is just for draft versions
Aware of this now, and eager to contribute to a more eco-friendly use of paper, we decided to cut our consumption by 20%. This is what we’ll do:
1. Raising awareness
To start with, we shall inform staff on the topic and present the facts we found on paper consumption, so we get a grass-root commitment to achieve our reduction.
2. More deliberate printing
Duplex print will become our standard printer setting in the office. We shall also try and cut down on the “Print all” function by only printing out the pages we really and actually need.
3. Saving on toner
Colour printing is something we shall only be doing where absolutely necessary (e.g. with customer presentations). Printing in draft quality will also help. And by simply having fewer printers in the office, we prevent the drying out of toner cartridges with less frequently used printers.
4. Doing our own recycling
We shall be using our misprints for sketches, drafts and notes, which helps us cut down on the consumption of new paper once more.”